Main article: http://www.teenageatheist.com/2010/06/pascals-wager.html
I keep seeing Christians throwing Pascals Wager around, as if it actually holds water. For those of you unfamiliar with the proposition, here it is:
"If you believe in God and there is indeed a God, you have everything (heaven and immortality)…
Added by Raithie on June 21, 2010 at 2:30pm —
We as a species tend to think of ourselves as pretty special. We have mental abilities that far surpass those of any other creature on earth, and we have social structures that we can maintain without constant infighting or always resorting to violence and territorial squabbles. We have a natural tendency toward togetherness and community where each of… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 21, 2010 at 12:05am —
I'm a bit bored after finishing school (weird) and wanted to talk about something.
I am not sure how Gary Wells can state something so obvious ("It's up to you," Letters/Jan. 22) and receive so much flak. He is, if anything, too lenient on the Bible bashers, seeing them as only being too into themselves and being lax in seeing the harm they do. Dino Wenino's Jan. 27 letter nit picks Gary's "Lord" to pretty well say the same thing as Gary.
Being more interested in how… Continue
Added by Natasha Kenny on June 20, 2010 at 3:19pm —
If you are an atheist on twitter, you probably already know about such people as @prophetwriter
, and @JuanitaBerguson
. Many atheists on twitter spend a great deal of time arguing with them, ridiculing them, or being exasperated by them.
Added by Todd on June 20, 2010 at 12:23pm —
Almost every time I look at Think Atheist, I see people saying "You believe in a god? EVOLUTION! RAAAAGH!" and I look at my christian parents who just shrug. Why? Because the bible IS COMPATIBLE with evolution if taken properly. Even creationism. God created the universe in 7 god-days. What's a god-day? Well a god-day can be like a million years, or 5 seconds. So it's an un-definable time period.
'Day' 1: Big bang, formation of celestial… Continue
Added by Timothy Gentle on June 20, 2010 at 12:09pm —
Hello, My name is Lucy. I am new to Think Atheist! I really don't know what to write at this time, so I thought I could share something I did that made me feel (lol) very silly.
Not too long ago I had a conversation about being an Atheist with my religous Aunt! Ofcourse she asked me why did I feel I was an Atheist and I told her there is no proof "God" exsist amoung many other reasons. (LOL) My aunt however give me reasons why he did exsist. Reason I dont remember because they… Continue
Added by Lucy on June 20, 2010 at 9:28am —
thanks so much to everyone who took the time to comment as a result of my request to do so last week. i really appreciate it. i wanted to make sure that the time i take each week to put together this series was well spent, that people were actually getting something out of the series, and boy did you guys let me know!
Spartanburg, South Carolina councilwoman… Continue
Added by Nelson on June 20, 2010 at 9:00am —
Fortney Hillman "Pete" Stark, Jr
. (born November 11, 1931) is an American politician from the state of California. A Democrat, he has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1973 (37 years), currently representing California's 13th congressional district in southwestern Alameda County. Currently he is the sixth most senior Representative as well as 8th most… Continue
Added by Rick on June 20, 2010 at 5:39am —
Added by Johnny on June 20, 2010 at 5:00am —
because I'm a loser I was on a dating site and part of the profile was religion.
It lists out religions I've never heard of.
As well as Christian - this, Christian - that. After like 10, it has Christian - other.
How many f'ing branches of "Christian" are there?!!? Why do people feel the need to label themselves a dozen different ways?
Even though you all believe in the same god and the same bible, you all have your own pieces of the bible you believe and follow? Is that… Continue
Added by Desirai on June 19, 2010 at 8:38pm —
Damn!! I just checked my Yahoo email to find a message on which I thought I was still waiting. I have been communicating with the planning committee for the Atheist Alliance International 2010 North American Convention over the past few months regarding the Freethought Film Festival Foundation screening a film at the convention. I wanted to wait for a go ahead from AAI to announce the… Continue
Added by Andrea Steele on June 19, 2010 at 6:56pm —
Why in the name of God (oops sorry, didn't mean to be so insensitive/offensive), does RTE give an entire 'Liveline' over to a tiny rump of deranged atheists to spout their puerile propaganda? Just what is their gripe?
Well it turns out they are annoyed at the prospect that proposed legislation will make it an offence to gratuitously offend religion: in reality, Catholicism (their big bogeyman). The big question is, though, what kind of ideology gets it…
Added by Natasha Kenny on June 19, 2010 at 5:34pm —
Just read an article on the Blues Brothers receiving recognition from the Vatican for their "Mission from God". The
Vatican Newspaper wrote a few articles on it for the movie's 30th anniversary, and one of articles they wrote has a line that says: "...there is "no lack of evidence" that The Blues
Brothers can be considered "a Catholic film."
Oh the sweet (or bitter?) irony.…
Added by Mecca on June 19, 2010 at 4:17pm —
Ok all, I decided to write a general blog on mythology in general. Now as most of us atheists realize, we all(for the most part) think that the bible, both old and new testament are mythological stories. Now about that, I've read a fair amount of the bible, both old and new, and I think that they're nothing special. Not just in a supposed historical context that the events in the bible never took place, thanks to secular studies. But also, even when trying to look at in a mythological sense… Continue
Added by ryan benner on June 18, 2010 at 6:55pm —
Added by girlatheist on June 18, 2010 at 6:41am —
Do religious people scare you?
Do their actions or their mannerisms raise the hair on the back of your neck?
A few years ago I saw a well known TV Preacher at a national political convention.
He had his "entourage" with him. I guess that’s the nice way of saying, “pack” like a pack of wolves.
The "vibrations" they gave off were the kind that made a person become very "vigilant." I’m saying that… Continue
Added by Rick on June 18, 2010 at 2:31am —
The Evangelist has been selected from early/regular deadline film submissions as one of the features to be screened at the International Freethought Film Festival (new opening night target-Friday the 13th of May '11). An upcoming sneak preview of what to expect at the film festival will include a screening of The Evangelist...but right now I can't tell you when/where...I am respectfully waiting for confirmation that it is OK to release the info first...but the wait is killing me!!! I'm SO, SO… Continue
Added by Andrea Steele on June 17, 2010 at 8:49pm —
Here is the first paragraph to the article"
"A South African man who wanted to watch a World Cup football match
instead of a religious programme was beaten to death by his family in
the north-eastern part of the country, police said."
For the rest, here is the link:… Continue
Added by Mecca on June 17, 2010 at 5:40pm —
I actually drove by this on my way up from spring break a couple of months ago. It's Touchdown Jesus, aka Big Butter Jesus aka I can't believe it's not Jesus. Here is what recently occured:
Is it just me or… Continue
Added by EricT on June 17, 2010 at 10:30am —
I was lucky, my family would never put religious belief before family, I'm the only heathen, but there is one Wiccan among us. But I have noted how many atheist have lost all ties with family because of religion. Now, I wonder, have any atheists rejected their family because they believe? I don't mean those family who make your lives a living hell by trying to constantly convert you, but have you or do you know of any atheists that have rejected family members simply because they choose to… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on June 16, 2010 at 11:00pm —